Message from Msgr. Schwanger


My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

I want to congratulate and thank our Christian Formation team for a great year that was reflected so beautifully in the liturgies of First Communion and Confirmation. I also want to thank our Catechists for their input as we reflected on this past year and looked ahead to 2019-2020. As I shared with them , Deacon Plummer is retiring this year. We owe so much of the success of our program to his leadership and loving service over many years at Our Lady of Lourdes. We are happy that Deacon Plummer will not be leaving us, even in retirement he will be in charge of the RCIA program for adults.

While I have responsibility for the overall direction of Christian Formation at Our Lady of Lourdes, Fr. Omar will now serve as the Director of Religious Education with Cristina Fernandez taking on the role of Coordinator of Christian Formation. She will be responsible for the daily execution of our Christian Formation mission statement and the recruitment and direction of our Catechists. Carmen Valencia will be the Logistics Coordinator / Assistant to the Coordination of Christian Formation and will be responsible for our full support of our Catechists. Fr. James will be the Chaplain to the School and Youth Ministries.

The mission of our Christian Formation Ministry is to prepare a person for full initiation into the Catholic Church and a rich and active life in the Church. When we are working with the youth of our parish we recognize and support the primary role of parents in the formation and education of their children . We are here to help!

While I will write more in the weeks ahead about our Christian Formation and Sacramental Preparation Programs, we are already accepting registrations for this Fall and classes will begin in September. We will have information booklets available at the office and in our media racks and you can also find them online at our website: The registration form will be in the booklets and online. There is no charge to register for the Christian Formation Program .

Registration is open to all registered parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes. If you are not already registered in the parish, with a parish identification number, you will have to register in the parish before registering for the Christian Formation Program. Parish registration forms are also available at the office, in hte media racks, and online. I encourage everyone to go ahead and register in the parish immediately. There is more exciting news to come!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Msgr. Schwanger